After an overwhelming response last year, the second edition of Gurgaon Kala Utsav commenced on 30th March 2018 at the MCG Rangbhoomi Open Air Theatre, Sector – 29 in Gurgaon. The fest brought together the country’s rich culture and heritage with a series of performances and a showcase of arts and handicrafts.
The fest is organised by Nritya Dhara, a city-based cultural trust that has been promoting Odissi since 2011, and ASHRAY (Association for Social Health and Rehabilitative Action by Youth), a socio-cultural organization, working for the past 27 years in Delhi-NCR. It is the brainchild of Vani Madhav, the Artistic Director of Nritya Dhara whose dream was to promote India’s culture.
Day One started with the On The Spot dance, drama and painting competitions for school and college students. A painting exhibition of over 50 artists from Delhi-NCR gathered a lot of art enthusiasts and critics. The highlight of the day was the live on the spot painting by Shri Hari Singh during the cultural performances.
The evening brought the best of performing arts bringing forth lumanries like the Padmashri Ms. Geeta Chandran (Bharatnatyam), Odissi dancer Sharon Lowen and Kuchipudi husband-wife duo of Pasumarthi and Bharati Vithal.
Secondly, the charming Sattriya Dance by Dr. Bhabananda Barbayan and his group, a Sambalpuri Dance Group from Odisha. Lastly, the heartful Hariyanvi Folk Dances- feeding to the motherland.
Day Two saw the unnerving performances by the Natya Ratna Awardees Dr. Deepti Omchery Bhalla (Mohinattam Dance) and Shri Sovanabrata & Nutan Sircar bringing on stage the delights of Manipuri Dance.
Shri B. Jagadeesan, the Vice Principal of The International Centre for Kathakali came up with a remarkable Kathakali performance. Danseuse Jayashree Acharya filled the stage with an outstanding Kathak performance.
Shri Ram Bilas Sharma, Tourism, Education & Languages, Archaeology & Museums Minister of the Government of Haryana and Padma Bhushan awardee Shri Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International were among the many chief guests attending the fest.
Noting the overwhelming reponse of the event Madhav said- “After working hard towards organising the festival, the response feels great. It encourages me to organise this festival year after year.”
The Gurgaon Kala Utsav is supported by the Union ministry of Culture, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, Rizwan Adatia Foundation (Mumbai), government of Odisha.